From June 7 to 14, Arte will rebroadcast three classics by American filmmaker John Carpenter, as well as a documentary dedicated to “Big John”.
“Radical, nihilistic, scabrous, cult – welcome to the world of John Carpenter!”, here is the broadcast announcement from the John Carpenter cycle, June 7-14. Arte honors the American filmmaker – one of the masters of science fiction and horror – and reruns three of his greatest films. To start with New York 1997, from this Monday 7, at 8:55 p.m. – followed by a portrait of the director at 10:30 p.m. This documentary – including film clips and interviews with many personalities – is called Big John and sets off to explore the very special world of Carpenter. It is already visible on Arte.tv. Prince of Darkness will be broadcast on Thursday, June 10 at midnight and finally, Los Angeles Invasion, Monday 14 at 10:25 p.m.
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Building on its success when it was released in 1981, New York 1997 has remained a cult film in action cinema. Three years later Halloween, it marks Carpenter’s fifth achievement. The filmmaker was also inspired by Swatergate candale – which occurred in 1972 – which led to the resignation of President Nixon.
The story takes place in the near future in Manhattan. The crime rate having exploded, the city becomes a real high security prison with 3 million inmates. Criminal Snake Plissken has 24 hours to track down the president, captured by detainees following an air crash on the island.
In the casting, we find Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine or even Donald Pleasence …
Released in 1987, Prince of Darkness, is a fantasy horror film, mixing the subjects of science and religion. The story is that of a priest, accompanied by a team of scientists, holder of a key that opens the crypt of a church, in which is a cylinder filled with a green liquid. This intrusion quickly had repercussions.
With Donald Pleasence (also present in New York 1997), Victor Wong, Jameson Parker, Alice Cooper …
Los Angeles Invasion was released in 1989. A low budget film, it was seen as a bitter critique of the capitalist system and received negative reviews on its release, before becoming cult over time. The plot is inspired by the short story by writer Ray Faraday Nelson, The Fascinators.
The story follows John Nada, an unemployed construction worker, who is looking for a job. Hired in Los Angeles, he moved to the shanty town of his colleague Frank Armitage, in which he discovered a pair of sunglasses that made it possible to see aliens having the appearance of humans. Creatures rule the world and master the art of propaganda.
With Roddy Piper, Meg Foster, Keith David, Peter Jason …
The John Carpenter universe, from June 7 to 14 on Arte and Arte.tv